4 of the Best Computer Science Degrees You Can Earn

4 of the Best Computer Science Degrees You Can Earn


Are you fascinated by computers and technology? Have you been thinking about a career in IT? If so, a computer science degree could help you get there.

However, when it comes to your career, you’ve got a lot of degree programs to choose from and not all of them are created equal. When you look at job growth, pay, and potential for advancement, some programs definitely outweigh others. Also, depending on your personal career goals and areas of interest, some computer science degree programs may simply not be right for you.

So, without further ado, here are four of the best computer science degrees you can earn for today’s job market:1

1.  Bachelor of Science in Computer Science with an emphasis in Networking and Information Systems Security

Do you like the idea of helping businesses, nonprofits, and government agencies set up and maintain their computer networks? How about protecting them from cyberattacks, identity theft, and other forms of unauthorized access? If so, this computer science degree program with an emphasis in networking and information systems security might be right for you.

Valuable skills learned in Networking and Information Systems Security:

  • Network administration
  • Network communications
  • Operating systems
  • Database administration
  • Ethical hacking
  • Cryptography
  • Computer forensics
Possible Employment Opportunities  Job Growth by 20222 2012 Starting Weekly Wages 2012 Median Weekly Wages
Network administrator 12% $852.50 $1,395.38
Information security analyst 37% $960.77 $1,657.11
Database administrator 15% $825.58 $1,482.31
Computer network architect 15% $1011.15 $1,750.00

2.  Bachelor of Science in Computer Science with an emphasis in Software and Mobile Applications Development

In today’s world, software is king. People use it to operate almost anything you can think of, from videos games to household appliances. Even the cars we drive are beginning to rely more on powerful software. If you can see yourself in a software or app development career, this computer science degree is the way to go.

Valuable skills learned in Software and Mobile Applications Development:

  • Programming logic and design
  • Webpage programming
  • .NET programming
  • Mobile applications development
  • Database programming
  • Object-oriented programming
Possible Employment Opportunities  Job Growth by 20222 2012 Starting Weekly Wages 2012 Median Weekly Wages
Software developer 22% $1,061.34 $1,731.92
Computer programmer 8% $824.04 $22,67.12

3.  Bachelor of Science in Web Design and Development3100833272-300x171

Are you creative with a flair for technology? Employers of all shapes and sizes need skilled web designers and developers to help them reach a wider audience and convince them to take action. This is where you come in. If you’re intrigued by websites, how they look, and how they function, this web design and development program could be the perfect computer science degree for you.

Valuable skills learned in Web Design and Development:

  • Photoshop®
  • Illustrator®
  • Flash®
  • Graphic design for web
  • Typography
  • Information design
  • Programming logic and design
  • Webpage programming
  • Mobile applications development
  • Cloud/mobile computing
Possible Employment Opportunities  Job Growth by 20222 2012 Starting Weekly Wages 2012 Median Weekly Wages
Web developer 20% $645.19 $1,201.92
Multimedia artist or animator 6% $670.38 $1,180.19
Graphic designer 7% $504.81 $849.04

4.  Master of Science in Information Systems3

Can you see yourself managing entire IT departments at major businesses, nonprofits, or government agencies? Do you like the idea of spearheading a technology project and achieving organizational goals? If so, a master’s degree in information systems could help you do just that—maybe even become an independent IT consultant!

Valuable skills learned in Information Systems:

  • Leadership
  • Marketing management
  • Storage area network architecture and management
  • Information systems security
  • IT project management
  • Data management analysis and reporting
  • Human/computer interaction
  • Information systems strategic planning
Possible Employment Opportunities  Job Growth by 20222 2012 Starting Weekly Wages 2012 Median Weekly Wages
Information systems manager 15% $1,441.15 $2,325.96
Computer systems analyst 25% $960.58 $1,532.31

iStock_000010395708Large-e1390493970590-210x300How to Get Started

Are you ready to start earning your degree in computer science? The computer science degree programs at California College San Diego (CCSD) are designed for employment in today’s competitive IT job market.

At CCSD, you can finish your computer science degree—fast. Complete your bachelor’s degree in just 36 months or less or your master’s in as little as 15 months.

You could also qualify to receive up to $5,000 off your college tuition with our Fresh Start Scholarships4 for future IT professionals.

Best of all, the admissions consultants at California College San Diego make it easy to apply for college. They’ll help you every step of the way.

Simply call 1-888-773-8590 today to find out more about applying for their computer science degree programs, as well as for financial aid for which you may qualify.


Footnotes:
1 Not all programs offered at all locations. For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the programs, and other important information, please visit our website at www.cc-sd.edu/student-information.
2 All figures regarding job growth by the year 2022, average starting wages, and median wages were retrieved from the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014–2015 Edition, on the Web at www.bls.gov/ooh. Please see individual job titles for specific figures. Weekly figures are rounded to the nearest cent.
3 Offered fully online through our affiliated institution, Independence University.
4 Scholarship awards are limited and only available to those who qualify. See www.scholarshipshc.com for details.

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